Mexican city violence
CIUDAD JUAREZ: 8 dead, businesses burned in Mexican city violence, The Mexican border city of Juarez saw a rash of violence yesterday that left businesses burned and at least eight people dead, including a local radio presenter, authorities and witnesses said.
In the first incident, two inmates were killed and four others injured in a prison riot, according to a statement from the state attorney general of Chihuahua, which includes Ciudad Juarez.
Local media attributed the riots to the Sinaloa gang, whose former leader, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman, is currently serving a life sentence in the United States.
Later in the day, two women were killed and another person injured in an attack on a food store in Juarez.
The shop and two other buildings were also set on fire.
That evening, armed men shot four radio station employees to death while they were participating in a promotional event outside a pizzeria.
Employees who came to the scene identified the dead as the lieutenant colonel, the manager and two other workers at the station, according to a witness.
“I deeply regret the loss of human life in these atrocities committed against Ciudad Juárez,” Chihuahua Governor Maro Campos said on Twitter, adding that state and federal authorities have been deployed to restore order in the city of 1.5 million, which lies on The other side of the border. From El Paso, Texas.
The killings in Juarez came just two days after similar violence erupted in the eastern and central states of Jalisco and Guanajuato, respectively.
After yesterday’s killings, several parts of Juarez were deserted, with some universities canceling classes today and the local business chamber calling on the government to do more to combat organized crime.